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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Mathieu Garon has essentially been declared the new starting goaltender of the Edmonton Oilers because if the Oilers don’t win four out of five on the current homestand, you can probably kiss the playoffs goodbye.
If they don’t win seven or eight out of 10 prior to the all-star break, you can consider their season to be toast.
The Oilers can’t wait for spring. They have to do it now.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
According to one Eastern Conference general manager, there will be a huge seller’s market as the trade deadline approaches because “so many teams feel they have a legitimate shot to win it all. There should be far more buyers than sellers.”
Imagine, in such an environment, how much the Leafs could land for Sundin, a guy who is the all-time leading scorer for his team and who, at 36, has reached 20 goals for the 17th consecutive season.
more on why the Leafs should move Sundin.
from the Rocky Mountain News,
After 41 games, the Avalanche is neither a woebegone pretender nor a powerhouse contender but instead somewhere in between. Colorado is 22-16-3, eighth in the Western Conference.
“I think our record’s a pretty fair assessment of our play,” forward Andrew Brunette said. “We’ve gone through stretches that we’ve played very well and other stretches we haven’t played very good.
“I still think we have another level that this team hasn’t gotten to. We show glimpses of it, but when we’re all healthy and we get going, I think we have another level to go to instead of just being in the middle of the conference.”
Paul Holmgren at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
“Lupul has been diagnosed with mild concussion. However, the more concerning injury is that he sustained a spinal cord contusion at the level of his fifth & sixth cervical vertebrae, which are located in the neck area. It’s creating some tingling sensations in his hands. The X-rays are negative on any real damage. But right now we have to give Joffrey some complete time off. He’s going to take a couple weeks off from doing pretty much everything and then we’ll evaluate him at that point two weeks from now.”
Watch the video as Hatcher hit Steen of the Leafs and his own teammate, Lupul.
Colin Stuart sure showed some great speed on this end-to-end rush against the Sabres today.
Watch the video…
from Working the Corners,
Many players and some fans believe that the ice conditions would improve if the Sharks were willing to turn the thermostat down. Management is concerned about the complaints from other fans that it was too cold inside and they were no longer comfortable.
I talked with Rich Sotello, the vice-president for building operations, about that. Here’s what he had to say.
“We like to run a constant temperature because guests that come into the building are used to a certain thing and obviously the president (Greg Jamison) is very much in tune with what fans want,” Sotello said.
from Icing at the Chicago Tribune,
The Blackhawks left the ice a little while ago following their morning skate in preparation for tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.
There may be a surprise return of injured star Martin Havlat. The winger, who has missed the last six games with a groin injury, said his groin is “getting better. We’ll see how it feels tonight and we’ll go from there. We’ll probably make a game-time decision.”
“I just want to be back playing hockey again,” Havlat added. “That’s my goal right now and help the team. It felt pretty good yesterday and today, I just didn’t get a real test during a practice but we’ll see how it goes.”
more on Chicago…
Spector not only points out all of the trade talk that is starting to heat up, but lets us know if it can or cannot be a feasible move.
from Chuck Gormley at the Courier-Post Online,
With the NHL trade deadline less than two months away, some high-profile players already are being mentioned in trade rumors as teams try to trade heavy contracts for prospects.
Two of the most intriguing names are Mats Sundin and Jaromir Jagr. Some believe Jagr would rather retire than leave New York and it’s unlikely the Rangers will move the struggling, but still dangerous, right wing.
But if the Leafs continue to struggle, Sundin could be placed on the blocks, if only as a three-month rental. The problem in Toronto is that John Ferguson, Jr., could be on the way out and trading Sundin almost certainly would hasten that decision.
Others scheduled to become UFAs after this season are forwards Daymond Langkow, Mike Comrie, Sean Avery, Krisitan Huselius, Ryan Malone, Markus Naslund, Mark Recchi and Michael Ryder and defensemen Wade Belak, Dan Boyle, Brian Campbell, and Wade Redden.
more NHL talk…
from the Star Tribune,
Don’t expect any monumental Wild trades by the Feb. 26 deadline, especially if it means mortgaging any piece of the future just for the prayer of acquiring a player who could help Minnesota win a playoff round or two.
“None, guaranteed,” Wild General Manager Doug Risebrough said. “I think the perfect example of why I won’t do anything like that happened last year.”
Risebrough is referring to the New York Islanders trading for Ryan Smyth, the Atlanta Thrashers for Keith Tkachuk and the Nashville Predators for Peter Forsberg.
Net worth? Two playoff wins ... total.
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